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I am a tech-rat, low level. infrastructure, client server, >10k user
worked deuba tradefloor, frankfurt stock exchange, ecb, IBM amongst others.
at least i have seen the other side
2 much of heaven
Robert Anton Wilson 1976/1979:
CD: How seriously are we to take your fascinating and entertaining trilogy, Illuminatus!,
which you wrote in collaboration with Robert J. Shea?
Wilson: I would hate to be taken seriously. Serious people are always so grim and uptight
that they make me want to dance naked on the lawn playing a flute. Of course, as Mavis
says in the first volume of the trilogy, nothing is true unless it makes you laugh, but you
don't really understand it until it makes you cry. The basic situation of humanity is both
tragic and comic, since we are all domesticated apes with marvelous 30-billion-cell brains,
which we seldom use efficiently because of domination by the older mammalian parts of
the back brain. I mean, we're living on the Planet of the Apes, man. Is that funny or
serious? It depends on how broad your sense of humor is, I guess.
CD: Specifically, are we really to believe that competing secret societies initiate and guide
the various intellectual, religious, artistic, and mind-warping trends of the world? Or was
the secret-society scenario just a parody of right-wing theories, a way of dramatizing
authoritarian vs. libertarian trends, or simply your own brainwashing technique?
Wilson: To quote Lichtenberg, "This book is a mirror. When a monkey looks in, no
philosopher looks out." Illuminatus!, like Linda Lovelace, is all things to all men. It's the
first novel deliberately written from the viewpoint of the multi-model agnosticism of
modern quantum physics. The novelist sitting on a pedestal watching the world with the
allegedly Objective Eye of God is as obsolete as the tinhorn preacher bawling, "Come to
my church, I've got the true true religion." The only philosophy one can honestly embrace
at this stage of evolution is agnosticism, or ontological pluralism. The mosaic of
competing conspiracies in Illuminatus! is a parody of popular demonology on both Right
and Left. It's also a serious proposal for a more Einsteinian, relativistic model than the
monistic Newtonian theories most conspiracy buffs favor.
One of the readers who really seems to have understood Illuminatus! is Dr.
Timothy Leary, who told me last year that his experiences with the DEA, FBI, CIA, PLO,
Weather Underground, Mansonoids, Aryan Brotherhood, Al Fattah, etc., were precisely
like the most absurd parts of Illuminatus!. Tim says you meet the same 24 conspiracies
wherever you go. Specifically, he mentioned that he identified the same 24 paleolithic
gangs fighting over the turf in Folsom Prison that he had recognized at Harvard University.
The ones at Harvard speak better English, of course....
I see the power game resting on three levels of force and fraud. First, earliest and
still most powerful is the government racket itself, the monopoly on force (military power,
police power, etc.) which allows the governing group to take tribute (taxation) from the
enslaved or deluded masses. Second, derivative from this primordial conquest, is the
landlord racket, the mammalian monopoly on territory which allow's the king's relations
(lords-of-the-land) or their successors, today's "land-lords," to take tribute (rent) from
those who live within the territory. Rent is the daughter of taxation; the second degree of
the same racket. Third, the latest in historical time, is the usury racket, the monopoly on the
issue of currency which allows the money lords to take tribute (interest) on the creation of
money or credit, and on the continuous circulation of the money or credit every step of the
way. Interest is the son of rent, the rent of money. Since most people engaged in nefarious
practices are, in my opinion, very loathe to acknowledge what they are doing, and are
addicted to the same hypocrisies as the rest of humanity, I think all power groups quite
sincerely believe that what they are doing is proper, and that anybody who attacks them is
a revolutionary nut. Outside of the Klingons on Star Trek, I have never encountered a real
predator who justifies himself on Stirnerite or Machiavellian grounds. I really think
Saroyan was right, naïve as it sounds, in saying that "every man is a good man in his own
(Preceding was written in 1976; following was written in 1979)
The difference between Conspiracy Digest and myself is that CD defines the Power
Elite as somebody else. I always define the Power Elite as myself and my friends.
CD and I are in basic agreement that certain kinds of power are vested in (a) those
who monopolize weaponry, i.e. governments, (b) those who monopolize land, i.e.
landlords, and (c) those who monopolize currency, i.e. banks of issue. We disagree in that
CD regards these traditional monopolies as possessing the only kinds of power that matters
on this planet; and I recognize another kind of power, Brain Power.
Brain power (the work of all artists, scientists, and symbolizers since the dawn of
humanity, but particularly those of the Nineteenth Century) created the "real world" over
which monopolists fight each other in the Twentieth Century. Similiarly, Brain power right
now, today, is creating the "real world" of the Twenty-First Century, over which the
monopolies will then be struggling. The Brain people create the realities over which the
Power people fight each other, and the Brain people even create the techniques of the


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